Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 5, 2020 | Text: James 2:14-26
Genuine faith is expressed through our obedience to God's Word and results in good fruits. James tells us that faith without works is dead and challenges us to examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith.
- Why is it so important to rightly understand the relationship between faith and works?
- How does James use the word "justify" differently than Paul in Romans 3:20, 28?
- What evidence do you see in the text that James agrees with Paul on salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone? (see also Romans 2:13).
- How should this understanding of saving faith affect our prayers, our conversations with believers, and our conversations with unbelievers?
- Praise God that he is a gracious Savior, inviting us to believe and receive salvation
- Thank God for the clear warnings in scripture that protect us from self deception
- Ask God to help us to live out our faith by obeying his will
- Pray for those around us who may be deceived, that they would experience conviction and become aware of their need for genuine saving faith.
- Pray for wisdom in sharing the gospel, that we would clearly articulate how the lost must respond to the good news.